Díaz-Canel: Intellectuals and Artists Will Always Accompany the Revolution

Intellectuals and artists will always accompany the determination Cuba, which the Revolution put on the political map of the world, continues to be recognized also for its unique way of fighting, singing, dancing, laughing and winning, stressed Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, president of the Councils of State and Ministers, at the closing of the IX Congress of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC).

From the UNEAC founded by Nicolás Guillén and other universal Cubans emerged a lifelong commitment to the destiny of national culture, he said.

Díaz-Canel recalled Fidel Castro's various actions to preserve culture, which, as he often said, is the first thing to be saved, and that was one of the reasons why the historic leader of the Revolution so often went to the Cuban artistic vanguard to face the challenges.

He stressed the importance of consciously reading the text Words to Intellectuals, for the principles it marks for Cuban cultural policy and make a contextualized interpretation bearing in mind that Revolution are all those who make it possible in life and work.

The Cuban President highlighted the universal impact of the Revolution that transformed a small and backward nation into an indisputable world power due to its human and sentimental resources, despite the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States.

Diaz-Canel reiterated the duty to be coherent in both the private and state sectors, because both respond to the same cultural policy and must promote, defend and give space to those who make true art.

He also referred to culture as a fundamental link for the productive chain that we are interested in promoting in tourism, but we have to be authentic and show pride in who we are, he said.

It is unacceptable that it is not understood that all cultural institutions exist by and for creators and their work, not the other way around, and that bureaucratism and lack of professionalism stifle creation, he emphasized.

The President of the Councils of State and Ministers insisted that it is necessary to make the organization more proactive in its bases and to investigate the missions that it fulfills in function of those whom it represents.

Artists have a duty to pay their taxes but they should not have to pay the companies if they have had nothing to do with their work contracts, their promotion and legal protection, he said.

Among the issues that need action and reactions from UNEAC is the fight against cultural mercenaries, those willing to lynch as many artists and creators support the Revolution, he stressed.

We are not going to limit creation, but the Revolution, which has resisted 60 years for knowing how to defend itself, is not going to leave its institutional spaces in the hands of those who serve its enemy, he emphasized.

In the closing day of the IX Congress of the UNEAC Díaz-Canel recognized the work of Miguel Barnet at the head of the organization, and congratulated Luis Morlote Rivas for being elected president of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba.

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